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Rustem Skybin

Rustem Skybin Ceramic decorator
Contact
Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+380 506306994
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Crimean Tatar ceramics

  • • Rustem created his own polychrome ceramic painting technique
  • • He researches and revives ancient Crimean Tatar decorations
  • • Every pattern he uses is different

You can’t help but marvel at the intricate lines of the pottery crafted by Rustem Skibin. He is a collector and a guardian of a Crimean Tatar art tradition on one hand and a tireless innovator on the other. Rustem has made it his mission to find and preserve the ancient patterns of his predecessors and his works reflect thousands of years of the Crimean Tatar ceramics craft. Having opened a studio in 2000 near Sevastopol in Crimea, he had to leave in 2014 due to turbulent times and so subsequently opened a Kyiv based space. Rustem pioneered his own pottery making technique called “Quru Isar” that is based on the centuries-old Crimean Tatar calligraphy art and adapted to modernity. All his works reflect a bigger idea connected to "the continuation of life on Earth", as the artisan puts it.

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Works

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Kuru Isar style ceramic egg

This decorative ceramic item shaped like an ostrich egg is decorated with a traditional Crimean Tatar floral ornament handcrafted from glaze and enamel. The floral pattern includes pomegranate, curved branches, almonds and small elements. Pomegranate is a sign of life, rebirth, unity, and fertility. Its small grains combined into one large whole also symbolize the people and family.

Height 16 cm
Diameter 13 cm

Rustem Skybin Ceramic decorator
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Kuru Isar style ceramic egg

This ceramic piece is decorated with a traditional Crimean Tatar floral ornament with semantically deep meaning. The floral patterns are hand painted on the ceramic with a combination of glaze and enamel. The designs represent tulips which are a symbol of young men as the protectors and heirs of a dynasty. Small elements are a sign of wealth and prosperity.

Height 16 cm
Diameter 13 cm

Rustem Skybin Ceramic decorator
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Plate Gyrikh with geometric Islamic ornament

The traditional geometric designs on this ceramic piece feature ornaments that symbolize the centre of the Universe, whilst the composition centre is the sign of the Creator. The design was handcrafted from a combination of glaze and enamel patterns. Intersecting and interconnected lines show connections between people, which signifies the unity of faith.

Diameter 36 cm

Rustem Skybin Ceramic decorator
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Yoldzhi plate with geometric Islamic ornament

This ceramic piece is decorated with a traditional Crimean Tatar floral ornament using a technique called Kuru Isar. The decoration is created with a combination of glaze and enamels. The design features a camel with fruit on its back and a boat. The animal is like a desert ship carrying treasures through time and space and a sign of endurance.

Diameter 36 cm

Rustem Skybin Ceramic decorator
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Ana plate with geometric Islamic ornament

This piece is made following a traditional Crimean Tatar floral ornament with a deep semantic meaning using a technique called Kuru Isar. The decoration is created with a combination of glaze and enamels. The plate is decorated with roses which symbolize the image of a woman, mother and motherhood as well care among Crimean Tatars. It is an ancient sign of succession.

Diameter 36 cm

Rustem Skybin Ceramic decorator

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